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One of the most inventive and creative evolutionary traits in Homo Sapiens is our ability to make tools. These attributes and skills have lead to a phenomenal, dazzling and exponentially growing array of products, equipment and structures. All of these human made things and objects have to be designed, the materials sourced from the natural world, produced and distributed and then when we no longer need or want them, disposed of. This topic area will cover the design process, material, cultural use of products and how to reduce waste and consumption through the circular economy.

The topic will be exploring the stuff in the world and the magical nature of materials. The chapters will be exploring supply chains, industrial extraction processes as well as the geography, history, sociology and politics of our material culture.

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